Myrtle Severude

Myrtle Severude, 87, of Chetek, Wis., passed away peacefully on July 4, 2021. She was surrounded by family and supported by dear friends.

Myrtle was born on March 15, 1934, to Leonard and Mabel (Larson) Huset. She was baptized and confirmed at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church where she was a lifetime active member. She graduated from Chetek High School and attended St. Olaf College. Myrtle married James Severude on June 19, 1955, at New Scandinavia Church. They moved to Sioux Creek Township where they farmed and raised their family.

Myrtle will be remembered for her music abilities, service to church, devotion to family, Norwegian cooking and her work on family genealogy. She began playing the organ at New Scandinavia as a teenager and played for church services and events for more than 50 years. She also played music along with husband James for the Blue Hills Fiddlers for several years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, preparing huge holiday meals including klub, lefse and various desserts and pies. She excelled at cake decorating as well.

Myrtle is survived by three sons, Douglas (April) Severude, of Chetek, Dale (Gigi) Severude, of Monroe, Wash., and Allan (Lailah) Severude, of Woodbury, Minn.; three grandchildren, Laura (Zach) Howard, of Zumbrota, Minn., Eric (Manda) Severude, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Christine Severude, of Woodbury, Minn.; by four step-grandchildren, Andrew (Heidi) Gombossy, of Blaxland, NSW, Australia, Matthew Gombossy, of Monroe, Wash., Hannah (Tyler) Mosser, of Lancaster, Pa., and Holly Gombossy, of Newburg, Ore.; by three great-granddaughters, Aria and Hailey Howard, Harper Severude; and three step-great-granddaughters, Carley Howard, Savannah and Arabella Gombossy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dennis Severude; brother Arthur Huset; and husband, James Severude.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church with visitation starting at 10 a.m.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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